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posticon Red Bridge To Reopen in August

Around Town | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Red Bridge is expected to reopen by late summer.  The little one-lane bridge on Salmon Creek Road in Ludlowville has been closed for more than a year, with construction activity paused because funding had to be spread over two budget years.  Last December Tompkins County authorized a bid for painting the 97 year old bridge, and the work is expected to begin next month.  Tompkins County Legislator (Lansing) Mike Sigler reports it should be open by the end of summer.

"The county heard from the bridge painting contractor and he is planning on starting Salmon Creek Bridge painting by July 10th, 2017," Sigler said.  "If that’s the case, they should be complete by the end of the month allowing us to add the deck and new railing; having the Bridge back open by the end of August."

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posticon Lansing Fireworks and Independence Day Concert

Around Town | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Lansing Community Council Print
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Saturday, July 1, 2017   Myers Park in Lansing
Concert by Taylor Made begins at 6pm
Fireworks go off at 9:30
Food available
Park and Ride shuttle buses from Lansing Schools
Myers Rd will close at 8pm - Residents of affected roads will have access
Donations and volunteers welcomed
Sponsored by Lansing Community Council

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posticon Swanson Honored For 12 Years of School Service

Around Town | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Board Of Education member and Glenn Swanson was honored for his 12 years of service Monday at his last board meeting.  Swanson has been instrumental in development and flow through of capital projects, and served several years as Board President.  Current School Board President Christine Iacobucci presented Swanson with some joke gifts, and gave a heartfelt tribute to him.

"Glenn, we've been through a lot together," Iacobucci said.  "We've had our ups and our downs.  What people don't realize is that Glenn has been an incredible board member and colleague and friend.  He invited me, as his Vice President, to go to a training session in Rochester, where we broke bread with each other.  He was very influential "Light Up The Night', a cross country event.  He invited my children to spaghetti dinners at his house.  On a personal level he came all the way out to Cortland Tompkins Community College and gave a lecture to my students from Brazil.  He and (former school board member) Tom Robinson took my students on tour at the Borg-Warner plant."

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posticon Five Lansing Teachers Receive Tenure

Around Town | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Teachers Receive TenureLeft to right: School Superintendant Chris Pettograsso, Jeremy Richardson (Technology), Kim Gryko (Special Education), Melissa Pope (Physical Education, Marissa Winiarski (Music). Not pictured: Amy Steffie (Teaching Assistant)

The Lansing Board of Education approved tenure for five Lansing teachers Monday.  Lansing Elementary School teachers Melissa Pope, Marissa Winiarski, and teaching assistant Amy Steffie received tenure along with high school teachers Jeremy Richardson and Kim Gryko.

"Every year I have the honor to recommend tenure to the Board," said Lansing School Superintendent Chris Pettograsso.  "Honestly, it is the most important thing we can do for our district, to continue our tradition of excellence.  As you're seeing in the news there are so many awards and honors for Lansing right now.  It all really comes down to our community and our students and our employees."

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posticon Grant Helps Third Graders Build 'Big Beautiful Brains!'

Around Town | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Heather Zimar Print
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Third graders in Taura McMeekin's Enfield Elementary School class this year have been learning to grow healthy brains through a cross-disciplinary curriculum designed to teach critical thinking, improve decision-making, and encourage mindfulness.

Through the "Big Beautiful Brains!" program, students have explored topics such as the "seeking" and "avoiding" nature of the brain's limbic system, the amygdala role in "fight, flight, and freeze" reactions, and the hippocampus as the personal memory center of the brain.

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posticon New Ithaca Toy Library Opens Next Week

Around Town | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Finger Lakes Toy Library, Inc. Print
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After being awarded three local grants this spring, the Finger Lakes Toy Library (FLTL) will open its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 22 at their location in Clinton West Plaza between 4:30pm and 6:00pm.

"We are very grateful for the support we have received from the community so far," says President Debra Lewis. "We look forward to hosting community members in our location at Suite 106 in Clinton West Plaza for our ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 22nd as we open our doors and begin lending toys to the community."

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posticon Ithaca High School Award Recipients

Around Town | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Mary Grainger Print
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On June 6 and 8, Ithaca High School (IHS) held its underclass and senior awards events. Each year Ithaca City School District (ICSD) students, staff, and school programs receive awards and scholarships totaling $5000 from funds managed by the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI).

"IPEI is proud to partner with IHS to annually recognize students and staff with various awards in recognition of their unique efforts and success. Those recognized this week demonstrate the energy and enthusiasm for learning that IPEI supports through our grants and programs,” said IPEI Executive Director Steve Manley. “On the behalf of the Board and Staff of IPEI, I say, ‘Congratulations!’"

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posticon Stirnemann Earns Wells Alumnae And Alumni Award

Around Town | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By David Foote Print
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wellsAurora, New York—The Wells College Association of Alumnae and Alumni (WCA) has granted the 2017 Alumnae and Alumni Award to Dr. Patricia Danz Stirnemann '67 for her contributions to the field of art history, specifically in the area of medieval French and English illuminated manuscripts. The award was given during a special ceremony as part of Wells' Reunion weekend on Saturday, June 3, in Phipps Auditorium of Macmillan Hall.

Dr. Stirnemann has spent decades as a scholar, researcher, collaborator and supportive influence on the work of countless art historian colleagues and students. Her work centers around the history of illuminated manuscripts and covers the entire Middle Ages from 700 to 1600 A.D., with specific expertise on the 12th and 13th centuries in England and France. By exploring and identifying aspects such as penwork, style, layout and original owner of these documents—which predate the printed book and contain much of our ancient and medieval literature and records—we can better understand world history and the way that knowledge was prepared and preserved.

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posticon Wells Adds Health Sciences Major

Around Town | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By David Foote Print
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wellsAurora, New York—The New York State Department of Education has approved Wells College's new major in Biological Sciences: Health Sciences. The program offers opportunities to explore varied areas of healthcare study, take part in immersive experiences outside the classroom and receive advice from an expert faculty advising group.

The new major will provide students with a foundation in essential courses covering topics such as anatomy, biology, genetics, chemical analysis and psychology. Additional electives will bolster skills and knowledge related to mathematics and social issues as well as a selection of courses diving more deeply into animal or human biology, medicine and clinical or health psychology.

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posticon United Way Celebrates Campaign and Volunteers

Around Town | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Carmela LoRusso Print
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uw2017awardwinnersKey Contributor Award went to the William Henry Miller Inn (Lynnette Scofield and David Dier) and the Pat Stage Award to Andy Noel and Kathy Zoner (not depicted), Cornell University.

United Way of Tompkins County volunteers, donors, and community supporters gathered recently at the Country Club of Ithaca for the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Community Campaign Celebration. The 2016-17 UWTC Community Campaign was led by Volunteer Campaign Chair Joe Mareane, Tompkins County Administrator.

The Celebration began with introductions by current Chair of the Board and CEO of CFCU Community Credit Lisa Whitaker and a report from Community Investment Committee Chair Scott Keenan, Tompkins Trust Company and Vice Chair Leslie Meyerhoff, Cornell University. Both Keenan and Meyerhoff described how the committee seeks to understand community conditions and invest in programs, initiatives, community change and capacity building efforts that focus on education, income and health.

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posticon Wells Joins 'We Are Still In' Campaign

Around Town | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By David Foote Print
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wellsAurora, New York—Wells College and Wells President Jonathan Gibralter have signed on to 'We Are Still In,' a national statement in support of the goals and objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement. President Gibralter stands in solidarity with over a thousand leaders in business, government and education in opposition to the Trump Administration's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Agreement, and in pledging to take local action to end carbon pollution and fight climate change.

'We Are Still In' is the broadest cross section of the American economy ever assembled to work on climate justice. Collectively, its members are stepping up to provide leadership and ensure that our country meets emissions targets specified under the Paris Agreement. The involvement of leaders in education as well as politics, economics and more will provide a balanced, long-term approach.

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posticon Within Reach - Finger Lakes Cider House

Around Town | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Monroe Payne, Monroe Payne Photography Print
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Within reach A couple years ago, we saw signs for a new cidery in the Interlaken region. It was off on some old dirt road in the quiet ranging farm land East of Powell Rd – you know, a direction we never travel. Over time, the signs got a bit larger, fancier, more professional and more inviting and finally, irresistible.

Driving Hickok Road up the hill from Rt 89 is always a slalom course to avoid the potholes, but I promise you will find it worth the distress to your suspension. The gravel driveway is better surfaced than the road. Maybe Interlaken can do something about that.

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posticon Dear Margaret - Stuck in Limbo

Around Town | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaretDear Margaret: I seem to be at a crossroads in my career.  I know what I’m doing in my current job is unfulfilling, but financially rewarding. Another opportunity has opened up for me which I know will be extremely emotionally satisfying, but not as profitable. I know I will eventually make the leap to the new, more gratifying career path, but am having trouble making the transition.  I’ve never been one to avoid change, but for some reason I feel frozen to make a switch. How can I give myself the push to follow through?
Stuck in Limbo

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